Rathmines Road - by Deirdre Kinahan


Fishamble: The New Play Company and Abbey Theatre, Ireland 

present the world premiere of

Rathmines Road

by Deirdre Kinahan


Civic Theatre, 4-6 Oct (previews)

& Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage, 9 - 27 Oct 2018

World premiere 10 October

as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Olivier Award-winning Fishamble and the Abbey Theatre are delighted to present Deirdre Kinahan’s latest powerful and questioning drama as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2018. Bristling with tension, Rathmines Road unleashes a brutal truth that affects us all. It is a play that asks: when and how do we take responsibility?

Fraught, funny and ferocious this new drama challenges the cultural response to accusations of sexual assault.  Will truth out?

Directed by Jim Culleton, Rathmines Road features a stellar cast of Karen Ardiff, Charlie Bonner, Janet Moran, Enda Oates and Rebecca Root. Fishamble and the Abbey Theatre are committed to presenting a diverse range of voices on the Irish stage and to representing communities with authenticity. When Rebecca Root takes to the stage in Rathmines Road it will be the first time that a transgender actor will play a transgender character in a professional theatre production on the Irish stage.

Gordon Grehan, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) said "We are delighted that, for the first time in Ireland, a transgender actor has been cast as a trans character in a play. Acceptance and understanding of our community is fostered by the positive visibility of trans people in all areas of life, including in the arts. It is exciting that trans people will attend our national theatre and see themselves represented on stage by the talented, trailblazing Rebecca Root, in what we are sure will be another must-see Fishamble production."

Fishamble has previously produced Deirdre Kinahan’s play BROKEN as part of TINY PLAYS FOR IRELAND in Project Arts Centre in Dublin, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Irish Arts Center in New York, and SPINNING as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2014.  The Abbey Theatre produced Deirdre’s play THE UNMANAGEABLE SISTERS earlier this year.

Suitable for ages 14+


Creative Team
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set and Costume Design: Maree Kearns
Lighting Design: Kevin Smith
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
Civic Theatre
Previews: 4–6 Oct, 8pm

Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage
Free First Preview: 9 Oct, 8pm

Dates: 10–13 Oct, 8pm
Tickets: €25
Duration: Approx. 80 mins. No interval.
Join the conversation: #RathminesRoad #DTF18 

Fishamble: The New Play Company is an Olivier Award-winning, internationally acclaimed Irish theatre company, dedicated to the discovery, development and production of new work. This year the company celebrates 30 years of new plays in Ireland through its many productions and extensive development programme. Fishamble is at the heart of new writing for theatre in Ireland, typically supporting 60% of the writers of all new plays produced on the island of Ireland every year and has told the story of Ireland over 30 years through daring new plays and award-winning productions.  


Fishamble is funded by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.  Its international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.




The Abbey Theatre: Inspired by the revolutionary ideals of its founders and its rich canon of Irish dramatic writing, the Abbey Theatre’s Mission is to imaginatively engage with all of Irish society through the production of ambitious, courageous and new theatre in all its forms. The Abbey Theatre commits to lead in the telling of the whole Irish story, in English and in Irish, and affirms that it is a theatre for the entire island of Ireland and for all its people. In every endeavour, the Abbey Theatre promotes inclusiveness, diversity and equality. The Abbey Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.



Dublin Theatre Festival runs from 27 Sept – 14 Oct and features a tantalising selection of brand new work, includes fresh versions of classic plays and adventurous international productions, created by renowned artists as well as emerging voices, and aimed at children, young people and adults.  DTF is a festival for Dublin, a communal celebration of theatre from Ireland and across the world and everyone is invited to be part of it.  www.dublintheatrefestival.com  

Dublin Theatre Festival: principle funder the Arts Council, grant aided by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin Fundraising Fellowship, Tourism Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Proudly supported by sponsors including The Doyle Collection, The Irish Times, RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, and Olytico.